It is hard to imagine celbrating Christmas in the modern world without thinking about giving gifts. But, have you ever thought to yourself, Why do we give gifts at Christmas? In some ways, the tradition of giving gifts at Christmas is a very ancient tradition. In other ways, giving gifts at Christmas is a relatively new development, as well. In the Christian religion, the practice of giving gifts at Christmas is traced back to the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh that were given to the Christ child by the three Magi. The magi were kings from the East, wise men who traveled a great distance following a star, to find the Christ child and to bring him gifts. The visit of the Magi to the Christ child was originally celebrated on the Feast of Epiphany on January 6th. Over time, the tradition of giving gifts came to be more associated with Christmas than with Epiphany.
It is the time from Christmas to Epiphany in the Church calendar from December 25th through January 6th that is recognized as the twelve days of Christmas from the old Christmas carol. To be certain, the ancient Church did not celebrate Christmas as much as it observed Christmas as a holy day. It wasn t really until the modern era. The tradition of giving gifts to loved ones at Christmas became more and more popular as the middle ages ended and the modern era began. Various countries and peoples began to make gift-giving a regular part of the holy day (or holiday ) over a period of time. By the time the Americas were settled, giving gifts at Christmas was practiced by many of the settlers. The early Dutch settlers to America introduced St. Nicholas, or Santa Claus, to the new world.
The early French and English settlers, in contrast, were more likely to give gifts at New Year s or at Epiphany. Ultimately, a common Christmas culture developed in which gifts were given on Christmas. In the nineteenth century, the idea of gift giving took on new dimensions, as the works of O. Henry, Charles Dickens, and Thomas Nast all helped to shape our concepts of Santa Claus and other aspects of the holiday. Today, we all give gifts at Christmas for our own reasons. For some, it is a way to celebrate the Christian holy day. For others, it is a special time to let family and friends know that you care by giving gifts. At times, giving gifts at Christmas becomes almost mechanical, and a chore; when this happens, it is worth stepping aside for a few moments to consider why exactly you give gifts at Christmas.
Christmas presents are opened on Christmas Day.
Opening Christmas Stocking Presents Christmas Day is the favourite day for children. They wake up very early in the morning to find their stockings have been filled by Father Christmas and excitedly unwrap the presents before going down to breakfast. The Main Presents Family presents are opened either late morning or during the afternoon. The family gather together to open the presents found under the Christmas tree. Why do we give each other presents on Christmas Day? The tradition of giving gifts is thought to be related to the gifts that the wise men (the Magi) brought to Jesus. Church Services Christmas Dinner and Christmas Tea The Queen\’s Speech Christmas Crackers Why to the English wear king\’s paper crowns on Christmas Day?
We wear paper hats on special occasions like Christmas Day and birthday parties. The tradition of wearing hats at parties goes back to the Roman Saturnalia celebrations (celebrated around 25 December) when the participants also wore hats. The idea of wearing a paper crown may have originated from the celebrations, where a King or Queen was appointed to look over the proceedings. The paper crown hats we wear today are found inside the Christmas. Crackers are very traditional items to have at Christmas. A cracker consists of a cardboard tube wrapped in a brightly decorated twist of paper, making it resemble an oversized sweet-wrapper. The cracker is pulled by two people and each one contains a small toy, a joke or motto, and a tissue-paper crown hat, usually a crown. The Christmas Cracker